Monthly Archives: April 2021

How Obesity Affects Older Women

The American Geriatrics Society has concluded that women are not only experiencing a shorter lifespan but they’re also experiencing a decrease in their quality of life in their senior years. This is being caused by a combination of arthritis and obesity. Research Regarding Women with Osteoarthritis and Obesity Although it still appears that females can expect to live longer than males they’re also at a greater risk of living with a lot of disabilities because of these two factors. This is something that Dr. Heather Whitson from Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina has noted. To arrive at her discovery Dr. Whitson enrolled 5,888 men and women over the age of 65 in what she entitled the Cardiovascular Health Study. In this study, Dr. Whitson and her colleagues looked at the number of disabilities that occurred amongst males Read More +

The Link Between Alzheimer’s And Obesity In Seniors

Recently a Korean study was published in the online journal BMJ Open that recommended seniors should continually monitor themselves for obesity so they don’t develop Alzheimer’s. This is because elderly people who experience significant weight gain or loss are at a higher risk of developing dementia. Understanding What Dementia and Obesity Are With an aging population whose life expectancy is increasing today, it’s important to pay attention to Alzheimer’s. Recent statistics show that 46.8 million people have been diagnosed with this disease and about 27% of seniors are obese. There’s also evidence that there’s a connection between having dementia and suffering from increased risk factors that could result in a cardiovascular event (e.g. high blood pressure, cholesterol, increased blood sugar levels). Researchers are still determining whether BMI (body mass index) and the development of dementia are connected. Researching the Connection Read More +

Why More Teens Are Suffering From Hearing Loss

According to Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s (BWH) team of researchers over the past 15 years, they’ve seen an increase in hearing loss among adolescents. These findings have since been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on August 18, 2010 (to our knowledge, this is still very relevant information). Understanding the Research Study The study was funded by the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Foundation and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Development Funds. It reviewed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of adolescents (12 to 19 years old) from throughout America. This led to the discovery that one in five of them had hearing problems. Unfortunately, when this data was compared to that which was collected between 1988 – 1994 researchers discovered a 30% increase in hearing issues and a 70% increase in mild Read More +

Mild Hearing Loss And Your Lifestyle

When someone has mild hearing loss they are unable to hear sounds that are quieter than 25 decibels (dB). These sounds will typically consist of things like dripping water, whispered conversations, feet shuffling, leaves rustling and birds chirping. Hearing professionals use an audiogram to test your hearing and identify the range of your hearing loss which may include normal, mild, moderate, moderately severe, severe, and profound. Normally your hearing as an adult would ideally be between 0 – 25 dB across all frequencies. Otherwise, you may find yourself in need of a hearing aid. Preventing Mild Hearing Loss Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the most preventable type of hearing loss but millions of Americans have still been diagnosed with it. There are a lot of different types of protective devices that are available today to help you not develop NIHL. Read More +